Fire Law Roundup for August 28, 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for August 28, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss a lawsuit filed by Maui County against local utility companies over the recent wildfires; a suit by a former Alabama captain claiming he was passed over for promotion to battalion chief due to his race, and that after complaining about it he was retaliated against; a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former firefighter – assistant office manager against a Texas fire department; a decision by a Texas appellate court concluding an apparatus driver who backed into a vehicle while responding was immune from liability because he was exercising discretion; and a suit brought by a Florida deputy chief claiming he was improperly designated as an exempt executive in violation of the FLSA.

Maui County Sues Utilities Over Wildland Fires

Alabama Captain Sues Claiming Discrimination and Retaliation

Texas Fire Department Facing Another Lawsuit

Texas Appeals Court Concludes Houston Firefighter Immune in Backing Accident

Florida Deputy Chief Files FLSA Suit Seeking OT

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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